Walter Foster Joins Eckert Seamans in Boston Former Assistant Massachusetts Attorney General
June 13, 2014
The national law firm of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC is very pleased to announce that Walter M. Foster has joined the firm as a Member (partner) in the firm’s Boston office. He joins Eckert Seamans from Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green, P.A.
“Walter has significant experience working at the highest levels of government including the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, and his skills in traditional labor and management-side employment matters, municipal law and business litigation will add to Eckert Seamans’ already strong experience in these areas,” said Peter F. Carr, II, Member-in-Charge of Eckert Seamans’ Boston office. “He brings a unique combination of capabilities to the firm, and thus will be an invaluable asset to our clients in Massachusetts and across the firm’s footprint.”
Foster maintains a varied practice in matters encompassing employment law, business litigation, municipal law and pension law. He provides counsel to both private and public sector employers on the legal and regulatory standards that govern the workplace. In addition, he assists international businesses open and operate in the U.S. and abroad and helps them navigate the complex regulatory and legal framework in today’s international economy. Foster has over 25 years of trial and appellate experience including business disputes, non-compete litigations and employment related disputes. Notably, he has handled numerous jury trials and public hearings involving claims of sex harassment, disability, race, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation and religious discrimination before the state and federal courts, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. As part of his appellate practice, Foster has appeared on several occasions before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court including a case concerning the constitutional right of a jury trial in discrimination law cases.
Foster began his career as an Assistant Attorney General handling numerous administrative law appeals on behalf of the Contributory Retirement Appeal Board, as well as authoring an opinion of the Attorney General under Chapter 32 concerning the applicability of specific retirement provisions to the judicial branch. He also served as Chief of the Labor Department of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, where he oversaw a wide variety of employment law and discrimination law matters.
Foster earned his J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law and his undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Dartmouth College.